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Glocal #2 Thinking Globally Acting Locally

Thinking Globally Acting Locally is the theme of the Spring 2011 Semester at Sea Voyage. The participants are learning about the new term "glocal."  Taking the lessons we are learning from around the globe and applying the message to our local community is taking us "glocal."

Traveling around the world with a group of 605 college students, 66 lifelong learners and 70 TOP EDUCATORS has built up HIGH expectations of a “transformational” voyage. Speaking with new people every day at meal time creates opportunities to learn and share with one another like none other we have ever experienced.  Taking classes, observing in the Field  Programs, listening to speakers who are on the ship to share how they are making a difference in the world one  person at at time and explaining how they accomplished it leaves little time to post on my blog and process all that is going on. Today we had a message that moved me to tears at least three times.

JEFFREY A. KOTTLER, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology was our speaker in Global Studies class today.

Jeffrey A. KottlerHe  has written over 80 books including a recent New York Times best seller  “The Last Victim: Inside the Minds of Serial Killers”  which is now a movie produced by Clark Peterson who also produced the film, Monster. The film “Dear Mr. Gacy” earned an Academy Award for best actress.

The thought provoking question of the day for me was:

“Would you sell your daughter to avoid starving?”

Most people reading this post will never have to answer that question but there are millions around the world that have to make the decision on a daily basis.

  • The average family in Nepal makes only $210 per year.
  • The cost to buy uniforms and eat at school is $50.00 per year.
  • A family with 4 or 5 children has to decide who can go to school and survive and who will have to be “taken by an employer” to survive on their own.
  • The parent does not know what will become of the girls “taken by an employer” they are simply hoping they can eat.
  • The life span of a girl taken into “sex slavery” by an “employer”  is about 3 years before they die from aids.
  • Many of the girls are raped 10 to 12 times on their first day in service.
  • Men with aids in the culture think that having sex with a virgin could possibly cure them of aids.

Dr. Kottler spoke on “Promoting Social Justice.” His accounts of helping save the lives of two specific girls are an inspiration to all.  Now through his program he is helping over 150 Nepali girls and keeping them from "disappearing" into sex slavery.  $50.00 initially saved Inu Pavivar from being sold into sex slavery and allowed her to attend school in her village. Her story stimulated a movement called “Empower Nepali Girls Foundation.”  Dr. Kottler ultimately had to go back each year to check on her to make sure the $50.00 was being spent on her education and NOT lining the pockets of some other entity.  This is a true success story and now….

Inu ParivarInu Pariyar, our first student to receive a university scholarship, working in the media and radio studio at Rangsit University in Thailand. She is studying communication and media, fields that are especially impoverished in her own country of Nepal.”

The life of another young girl with a deadly infection on her face was saved for $14.00. Dr. Kottler’s message helped us see how important small donations can be when they are given to the right organizations.   Read more details at Empower Nepali Girls Foundation.

More important facts:

* Facebook group is open to join: Empower Nepali Girls Foundation

* Empower Nepali Girls Foundation is a grassroots in that we have no paid staff and no office.  Everyone pays their own expenses; that means that 90% of money donated goes DIRECTLY to keep a lower caste girl in school and prevents her being sold into sex slavery.

* There are 12,000 Nepali girls each year sold into slavery.

*  The foundation visits every girl’s home, every year to make sure she’s okay, has enough to eat, and that        her family supports the education.

*  The group is currently supporting over 150 girls

*  $125 keeps a girl in primary or secondary school for a year!

*  As the girls get older and begin university and technical and medical school, the cost jumps to about $3,000 per girl per year.

The group operates in 9 different villages in the most remote, neglected parts of the country of Nepal.

Empowering Nepali Girls

Jeffery Kottler Ph.D. asks introspective questions that when answered might help change the world:

“What is it that leads people to help others, even when they do so at great personal sacrifice?

What is it that motivates you to reach out to others in need?

How are those involved in social justice and altruistic projects transformed by their experiences?”

PLEASE, access all the links in this post and discover how rewarding it is to serve others and think about how you can make a difference in your own community or around the world. Thinking globally Acting Locally.

  • When you give your time and energy you are sharing an integral part of yourself.
  • You are helping people who are not part of a tribe.
  • It is hard work and a selfless act taking your time and energy to give to others.

Thank you, JEFFREY A. KOTTLER, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Spring 2011Semester at Sea for showing us the way that one person can make a huge difference.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • January 18 2011 09:28PM


Carra, What a difference you are making on this journey! We all need to take a deep breath and then go read all of your links. I can certainly see why you were in tears on several occasions today.  Your emotions must be on overload as you inhale the knowledge around you. Please continue to share with us. Every word is being read and appreciated.


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 9 years ago

Margaret ~  Your thoughts and words are sincerely appreciated.  I am having an issue with time and Internet connection.  There are 700 people on the ship and only 50 can be online at one time... it is sooo slow.. Then There are so many classes and workshops that I can attend it makes it hard to stop and just write!  There are educators from around the world ready to talk and share  their expertise.. The economists have a world perspective and the students, including me... are just like sponges with all the great information.  I do post everyday on the my wordpress blog... I will tray to get a version converted over to relate to real estate.  Thanks for watching and sharing the journey with us!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Oh my gosh, Carra.  My initial reaction is "I would never".  But, when you read further, you realize that these parents are only doing what they think will actually help their child.  This is such a different way of life than we are used to here in the US.  I sponsor a child in Manila.  It's amazing what $22 a month will do for a child growing up in a foreign country.  Eating out 1 day less a month pays for that.  Not much of a sacrifice on our part, but what a huge difference it  can make.  Keep up the good work.  I am following them on FB now.

Posted by Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235 (Second Self Virtual Assistance) over 9 years ago

Heather ~  You are such a great example of being kind and making a difference.. I will let Dr. Kottler know.  Thank you for reading!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

It is a heartbreaking reality. I once watched a program about this subject; there will always be someone taking advantage of others and this one is a human tragedy.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) over 9 years ago

Teral ~  It is a tragedy.. 12,000 a year.. just in Nepal.. but awareness is starting to help.. it all starts one at a time!  Look at Greg Mortenson.. he built 54 schools for muslim girls to become educated and it was one school at a time.  Thanks for reading!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Your journey is off to an inspirational beginning.  Shining a light on child slavery is the best way to start the changes that will end it.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 9 years ago

Norma ~  The journey is really making me think about the world and then brining it back to my own community to see where we can help make changes.  Thank you Norma.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

It is very disturbing to know things like this happen out there in the world ~ God Bless You Carra ~

Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) over 9 years ago

 Carra:  Do you happen to have a recorde with you?  You could record and then upload at a later time. It might free up some of your time to attend the classes offered.  You are educating us here at home and the lessons we are learning thru you are invaluable.  We love you and are supporting you spiritually! You go girl!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Frank and Karen ~  It is very disturbing and I was not aware of how it all connected.. I knew it was out there but not the details of how it effects the families of the world.... so many places where they do not know where the next food comes from.  We have the opportunity to watch documentries and one that really stood out to me was called "Chicken ala carte."   It showed a person working in the orient going through the trash pulling out half eaten chicken from a fast food place and putting it into a bag to bring back to his village... and as has he rode up on his bicycle many people from the village came out to get their piece of half eaten chicken. Then he took a bag into his home and there were about 8 children sitting quitely at the table and the female put out plates and they each calmly took one piece of the half eaten chicken and said a blessing before eating.

Evelyn ~  What a special comment.. here on the ship we are to embrace our community and share on the journey and those of you commeting and coming along with me are such an important part of our activerain community and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for sharing the journey with me!   I am starting to get all my dots connected and should be able to keep up a little better now!  So happy you are enjoying my lessons too!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

The girls of Nepali were on my mind last night....I returned to your blog this morning to read about the foundation dedicated to helping them.  One of my 2011 goals is to get involved with a global charity that really touches my heart--this may be "the one" for me.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) over 9 years ago

Norma ~ Dr. Kottler talked to us again this afternoon.. I would be happy to have him contact you if you would like me to... His message is so moving and he is so passionate about it!  I wish you could hear him.. I will find out if there is anyway you could have access to his presentations... so let me know if you would like him to contact you!  Thank you Norma! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Thank you all for your interest, for your thoughts, for your good feelings, and your prayers, on behalf of the lower caste girls in Nepal. Just imagine seeing a 9 year old girl, an adorable girl who is smart, precocious, and ambitious, yet knowing that she will be sold into sex slavery within a few months. Just imagine holding a girl in your arms. Just imagine sitting on the steps of her hut reading her a story, or playing with her and talking to her about a future that she'll probably never have. Then imagine that you can do something to save her life. How could any of us not do something?

Whether you get involved in our project, or another one that touches your heart, please know that each of us can make such a huge difference in the lives of those who need help the most, whether in our own communities or around the world. I'm not just talking about donating money (which often gets swallowed up by overhead and corruption) but also just sharing ourselves. We support over 150 girls for as little as $100 per year each to keep them in primary school or secondary school, and $2,000 per year to send a child to university or medical school. And after ten years, now our first two girls are attending university and nursing school respectively. The are the first girls in their villages to ever do so. We hope that in another decade we are going to have ALL our girls pursuing higher education and perhaps becoming the next generation of doctors, engineers, businesswomen, teachers, nurses, professors, maybe even prime ministers!

Thanks so much for your interest, and your caring about our work. And thank YOU, Carra, for helping to spread the word!


Jeffrey Kottler

Posted by Jeffrey Kottler over 9 years ago


Thank you so much for jumping in and sharing personally with the activerain community.  Activerain is a wonderful group of people learning together reading blog posts and then making a difference with what they have gleaned from the message. We share everything from technology to sales information and social justice.  Thank you for being a part of this discusssion and sharing your passion it is really great to experience together how one person can make a difference.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Knowing all that, why do the people continue having children? I’ve always been puzzled by that.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 9 years ago